Last weekend they still painted, sprayed, styled and hanged, like Basca, 22 years old girl from Italy. She choosed quite a big wall in one of the entrances, but takes it sporty: “If you want to climb up the mountain you have to sweat.” Osca is already on, nearly finished. In his works he tries to combine art with poetry: “My movements shape my thoughts, my body and allow me to make decisions for myself, even that related to my environment in every days life.” While the Northstand is still under constru-ction, the Maintribune and the Southstand are part of the big game with the color.
Even the so called “oral cavities” (the entrances at the side) are decorated by fans. The initiators want to thus accentuate the link between football, stadium, art and community. In keeping with the motto of the Year, “Unfamiliar, the potential of perspectives“, conceived as a symposium for encounters at eye level. The outer walls are decorated by the artist-couple Herakut with a large-scale urban art painting: a boy on the shoulders of an old man, approximately 20 m high the whole ensemble. This great work of art will be on display until the next festival. On the 2nd of July is “kick-off for the Festival”. Then the stadium of St. Pauli opens its summer break. For 3 days all doors are open for the public. On more than 4,000 square meters there’s a “diversity” to marvel: street art, installations, painting, photography, interactive performance art and sculptures of hamburgian as well as international artists.
For three years the club Viva con Agua de Sankt Pauli and the local soccer club St. Pauli artists offer the space once a year for artistic development and cultural dialogue. Michael Fritz is then always tremendously energized. He is the artistic director of this sporting culture festival, organized and planned with 50 volunteers and the artists: “We do it now for the fourth time and every artist wants to be there again and again, but that will be too many.” Some have had to be canceled. Approximately 130 artists this year are presentig their art, plus the musicians, the performers etc. Michael Fritz can not stand still. “I am on due around the clock. The festival exploited already and we all do not earn enough, some nothing at all, but it’s for a good cause though.” Thirty per cent of the revenue received, the organization and the artists. The rest, at least 70%, goes directly to social projects. For villages and towns get no access to water have a fountain or sanitary purposes, in countries where this is not self-evident. Viva con Agua was founded in 2006 by ex-footballer Benjamin Adrion. The idea came in a training camp in Cuba, due to a lack of clean water there. It became a big project:
One artist knows very well to combine the water repeatedly with the art, Julia Benz. Last year she painted the “Lütte Deern“: This year she’s busy with a “divorce object“. This sport boat half she found at a scrap yard in Hamburg. The former owner could not decide who should get the whole boat itself, so they cut it in 2 halfs. It will be interesting what Julia Benz conjures up …
The following musicians will play on the festival: Bebe Cool, Megaloh, Nico Suave, Ohrbooten & Projekt Dung, Abramz, Eljot Quent, Thank you George, Melanie Wharton, Ohrenfeindt, Rudy, Echorev, Miss NatNat, Anastasija Cvetkova, DJ MAD, DJ Rita, Youlaike, DJ Clingony und From Here to Funk.
Donnerstag, 02. Juli 2015 – Sonntag, 05. Juli 2015:
18.00 – 24.00 Uhr 14.00 – 24.00 Uhr 14.00 – 24.00 Uhr 14.00 – 19.10 Uhr
Millerntor-Stadium St. Pauli, Harald-Stender-Platz 1, 20359 Hamburg